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good morning, america. i'm robin roberts. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. it's thursday, november 4th. and breaking overnight, an in-flight emergency for the world's biggest passenger plane. an engine comes apart. debris rains from the sky. we have the latest on what happened to the a-380 with almost 500 people on board. and can president obama and house speaker john boehner find common ground on anything? health care could be up first. big wave mystery. one of the world's most famous surfers found dead in his hotel room. what really happened to american andy irons? and baby, oh, baby. take a look and listen to this. a momma panda welcomes her cub into the world. you're going to meet them both this morning.
good morning, everyone. george and i were both saying, where is the baby? >> exactly. we heard it. just couldn't see it. it was a scary night for the almost 500 people on that double-decker jumbo jet. witnesses said it sounded like a bomb. there are no reports of anything related to terrorism here. we'll get to the details in a minute. >> that's the first fear with all of the stories of packages potentially carrying bombs in airplanes these days. in washington, both sides preparing for the new political world after tuesday's tidal wave election. the president called it a shellacking at a press conference. and he signaled he may be able to compromise on the tax cuts. the republican leaders are taking aim at spending and stopping obama's health care plan.
we're going to look at where the parties will find common ground. where they're going to fight. and what it means for you. >> that's what we care about, what it means for everyone. and also, who is taking shoots at america's military institutions? authorities are calling for a sniper to turn himself in after five, separate shootings are linked to one gun. we have the latest on the d.c. area shootings. first, the midair scare for qantas a-380, flying from lo london to sydney. let's go to london and nick watt. >> reporter: a terrifying ordeal for passengers who looked out the window and saw flames and smoke. as you mentioned, the first major, serious midair incident, for the a-380, which is the world's largest passenger jet. 440 passengers and 26 crew were onboard the flight, from singapore to sydney. >> qs-32 today experienced a significant engine failure six minutes after takeoff and returned to singapore.
>> reporter: an emergency landing. scorch marks on the engine. damage to a wing. islanders under the flight path say they heard a huge bang. an explosion. and discovered what looked like engine parts. no one was injured. but terrified passengers saw yellow flames burst from an engine, black smoke and part of the wing peeled off. >> i was sitting just behind the wing. so we felt just this loud thud. everybody is pretty shaken by it. >> reporter: officials claim a huge volcanic eruptions from nearby was not a factor. last year's icelandic volcano shut down european aviation earlier this year. the gigantic double-decker a-380 jet was launched just three years ago. >> i don't think at this point in time, there's any indication that this particular incident has virtually anything to say negative about the airbus a-380 in terms of its size. this is just an engine. i say just. but that's actually a separate component of the airplane. >> reporter: qantas has grounded
its a-380. singapore airlines has grounded its a-380 fleet. but the four other carriers that fly the a-380 have not. they're waiting to find out exactly what went wrong in morning. so, this is the first major incident for the a-380. as we said, a rare incident, for qantas, one of the world's safest airlines. in 50 years in the sky, they have had no crashes. george? >> zero? zero in 50 years. okay, nick watt. thank you very much. now, to washington, where president obama had to take his medicine yesterday at a press conference, responding to the democrats' crushing defeat on tuesday. want to bring in jake tapper now. the president at the press conference told you he feels bad about the results. and i was struck over the course of the hour how the president almost seemed to be feeling his way to a strategy to this new world. it seemed like a work in progress. >> reporter: very much so, george. and later today, president obama will announce he has invited the republican and democratic leaders of the house and senate to a meeting here at the white house to search for common
ground. in the short-term, president obama will push the senate to ratify the s.t.a.r.t. treaty with russia for nuclear disarmament. in the house, he'll push a child nutrition bill to make school food more nutritious and feed more hungry kids. and the top priority, extending the bush tax cuts for the middle-class. and for the first time, the president signaled he would negotiate extending them to the wealthy, as republicans want. >> my hope is that given we all have an interest in growing the economy and encouraging job growth that we're not going to play brinksmanship. instead, we'll act responsibly. >> reporter: in the long-term, the president wants to work with republicans on reducing the 9.6% unemployment rate and spurring economic growth. reducing the deficit and the national debt. and education reform. knocked back by the republican wave, the president accepted blame for the nation's frustrations with the economy. >> i think i've got to take direct responsibility for the fact that we have not made as much progress as we need to make.
>> reporter: and he reflected on the sacrifices his colleagues made in supporting his agenda. when you call your friends and you see 19 state legislatures go to the other side, what does it feel like? >> it feels bad. there's also a lot of questioning on my part, in terms of could i have done something differently or done something more so those folks would still be here? it's hard. >> reporter: some think the president must recalibrate to reconnect with voters. >> i think he needs to hit a reset button. i think he needs to communicate, not only through words. but through his choice of policies. and through his choice of people. the fact that he's going to change direction some. >> reporter: another area, george, where the president will seek to work with republicans, changing the way washington works, specifically earmark reform. changing the way that members of congress insert pork barrel projects into legislation in the dead of night without any congressional review.
george? >> and that could be where he finds common ground with the republicans. there were phone calls after the president's press conference yesterday. robin, the speaker-to-be, john boehner, had his press conference before the president. it's clear they're going to clash on things like cutting spending and health care. >> health care, that's clear right off the bat, which is disappointing for a lot of people, wanting to see more where the common ground will be. but the speaker-in-waiting, john boehner, is waiting, jockeying for position has begun. and the speaker will have to balance moderate republicans for the members of the tea party, who put him in power. jon karl in washington with that. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. john boehner will face the first tea party test before the congress is sworn in, thanks to one person saying she wants to
run far top leadership position. as the leader of the opposition, john boehner was often a firebrand. >> hell, no, you can't. >> reporter: as he prepares to take the speaker's gavel, he is striking a serious, almost somber tone. >> we have a big job ahead of us. that's why you'll see us roll up our sleeves and go to work today. >> reporter: outgoing speaker, nancy pelosi, has known boehner for two decades. she spoke exclusively about him with diane sawyer. >> it's a high school question, but do you like him? >> of course. we had a good rapport. as i did with president bush. >> reporter: number two in the republican leadership team is expected to be virginia's eric cantor. somebody with a proven ability to get under the president's skin. >> i'm going to keep on talking to eric cantor, someday, sooner or later. he's going to say, boy, obama had a good idea. >> reporter: well, not yet. >> the way that the american people spoke last night, they said that the obama administration's agenda for the last 20 months has failed. >> reporter: the number three house republican leader is expected to be california's kevin mccarthy.
and tea party heroine michele bachmann announced on her facebook page that she will run for the number four position. against jeb hensarling of texas. setting up the first battle between the republican party establishment and the tea party movement. bat batchman is a lightning rod. and has a knack for making controversial statements and for rubbing gop leaders the wrong way. as for outgoing speaker, nancy pelosi, she told diane sawyer that she hasn't made a decision about whether or not to stay on as the democratic leader. that would now be the minority leader, in the new congress. before making that decision, she needs to talk to the democratic caucus. robin? >> jon, thanks so much. george? we're going to get more into how divided government will work or won't work. we're going to be joined by dick armey. the author of "freedom works."
and james carville. i want to begin with your double on "saturday night live." i want to talk to you about the republican congress. >> good riddance. have you ever seen the house of representatives? it's like a waiting room for jury duty. when you see the house on c-span, it's like a family reunion with only weird uncles. >> you were joking there. could having congress change hands be good for the party in the long run? good for the president in the long run? >> i don't feel like it today. congratulations to former congressman armey, who was very instrumental in starting this whole tea party thing. it may be. but there's not going to be a lot of common ground. whichever side gets its sea legs first and is able to adjust, it will be a new reality in washington. there's some reasons why the white house can. it's more unified. it's easier to do. the republicans are going to be split. there's going to be so many things. i would like to announce my endorsement of michele bachmann
for that position. i'd like to see her out there. >> i take it, mr. armey, you might second that endorsement of michelle bachmann. lets get to some of the policies, as well. james says he doesn't think there's a lot of prospects for common ground. i was struck by, you know, senator mitch mcconnell, the republican leader in the senate, before the election, said the number one job would be to deny president obama a second term. he's not backing off that. he's going to give a speech later today where he repeats that and says, quote, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill, to end the bailouts, cut spending and shrink the size and scope of government. the only way to do all these things is to put someone in the white house who won't veto any of these things. is that the right approach right now? >> let me say, first of all, i think we've got a really good leadership team. and quite frankly, i was surprised to hear you characterize jeb as an establishment guy. this is a candidate that gave the best expressions of
opposition tapped most dopely analytical terms through t.a.r.p., and to the banging reform bill. he's got a very bright mind. he's very deep. and the reason he's on the t.a.r.p. commission, was he was the best voice in opposition to it. so, the fact is, this is not an insider. this is not an establishment guy. he's a very bright and able person. and it's going to be a good contest for good leadership slots. now what you see with this leadership team is what i call quiet competence. john boehner is not a needy guy. he doesn't need a lot of attention. he will quietly and quickly focus resources. and resourcefulness on problems and directions. and he's got a proven ability to work with even the most militant people on the other side, such as george miller. >> the president signaled that he might be willing to compromise on tax cuts yesterday. if he is willing to extend tax cuts for the wealthy for a year, is that something that's
acceptable? >> well, obviously, i think what you do with this, understand the dilemma they have in dealing with this in a lame duck session, it must be dealt with in this session, is that when the votes in the house were a full extension of the tax package, nancy pelosi would not allow the vote to be taken. the fact of the matter, this hasn't changed. it's probably gone more in the direction of the package that it gives full extension, is what will pass the house. you don't have time to quibble about this a whole lot. my guess is that would then be quickly taken up by the senate and passed on to the president. so, the president is saying, i'm perfectly willing to talk about what i know i'm going to get anyway. >> and, james, what we'll see is the president trying to work something out on taxes. clearly going to draw a line on health care. that's a clear difference from speaker-to-be boehner from mitch mcconnell, as well. where can they find the common ground? >> earmarks.
maybe on the s.t.a.r.t. treaty with russia. i have no idea. the stuff that we've shown, school nutrition, or something, seems like small potatoes to me, in the middle of a recession, with all of the problems we have. maybe if they can find two or three small things they can agree on, it will come to something else. they have to agree on a budget. something -- the business of government has to go on. we were discussing yesterday, they're going to have to find agreement on the debt ceiling. which is going to be a huge issue when it comes up. >> if they don't raise the debt ceiling, the entire government can go into default. is that one of the places where republicans will hold the line, mr. armey? >> i think everybody is realistically aware of that. the debt ceiling must be raised. that's a fact that derived from past fiscal imprudence. i would think with the small government conservatives in the congress would say is, all right. we'll go work with you on this. but we do need to have some demonstration on your part of a renewed commitment to fiscal responsibility going forward. >> okay.
>> they can work that out some way. >> dick armey, james carville, thank you very much. robin? another story out of washington. there may be a new sniper in that area on the loose and targeting military sites in virginia. officials say a shooting at a coast guard recruiting office was done with the same gun used in four other attacks. including one at the pentagon. pierre thomas in washington has the latest on this. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: hi, robin. we have a mystery unfolding here in washington. while no one has been hurt, it's a dangerous situation. the mystery rifleman struck some time early this week at this coast guard recruiting station in northern virginia. and like four other incidents in the past three weeks, he hit in the dead of night. and no one was hurt. the fbi believes one shooter is responsible for all the incidents. an fbi profile suggests, he may have a grievance with the marine corps. but that the timing of his salts, in the wee hours, seems
designed to avoid casualties. >> we'd like to know what this grievance is. and what we can do to help resolve it. we do not believe this is an intention to harm innocent citizens or marines. >> reporter: 5 incidents in a 30-mile radius. the fbi says all the cases have been tied to the same high-powered rifle. october 17th, the unknown gunman first took aim on the national museum of the marine corps. at least ten rounds hit the building. october 19th, before 5:00 a.m., six shots were fired at the pentagon. the shooting shut down part of a busy major interstate for an hour. >> they reported shots fired. it happened pretty quick. >> reporter: on october 25th or 26th, the gunman opened fire at a recruiting station in chantilly, virginia. he then targeted the marine corps museum again. authorities suspect the shooter is military. likely a marine. >> do you think it's a member of the marine corps?
>> we're working on that assumption right now. >> reporter: then, an unusual request to the fbi. a call to talk. >> we welcome contact from the individual responsible for these incidents, so we can better understand his grievance and work towards a solution. >> reporter: police are thankful that no one has been hurt so far. as long as it continues, the greater chances someone will be hurt. >> thankful no one has been hurt to this point. juju chang has the rest of the morning's news. >> good morning, everyone. we're going to turn to the people in haiti, who are bracing for yet another crisis. tropical storm tomas is expected to slam ashore tomorrow. more than 1 million homeless earthquake survivors, facing a cholera epidemic, are scrambling for shelter. matt gutman is there. matt, good morning to you. what are they doing to prepare? >> reporter: good morning, juju. they're trying to do everything they can. but it's not nearly enough. the major concern is not the wind, but the rain. up to 12 inches could send the tent cities sliding off the mountains. and flooding could turn the
1300 tent encampments in the city into sliding cesspools. but people have nowhere to go. aid agencies have been stockpiling good and medicine for a couple of months now, in anticipation of a major storm. the question will be, how will they get it to the people who need it most? roads continue to be impassable because of debris from the earthquake. and we're hearing of some aid agencies using donkeys to get medicine and supplies to the people who need it most. juju? >> matt gutman, thanks for that update. federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, is defending the fed's decision to print more money. $600 billion to buy up government debt. bernanke says fears the move will spark inflation are overstated. he says inflation is lower than it should be. and he says the fed action has boosted stock prices. you can expect to pay more for food. prices are rising on milk, beef, sugar and coffee. "the wall street journal" says mcdonald's, kellogg's, and kroger are expected to raise
prices as a result. global demand is pushing up the price of ingredients. kraft foods, sara lee, general mills and starbucks already announced higher prices. an incredible story from paris. an 18-month-old boy fell from an eight-story window. that's 50 feet. but he suffered barely a scratch. that's because he bounced off that awning on the cafe, and into the arms of a doctor that happened to be walking by. all the more miraculous when you think that the cafe normally rolls up the awning at night. but that day, it got jammed. >> oh, my gosh. i cannot wait to see where this baby is in 30 years. >> some big plans for this baby. juju, thanks for bringing that to us. time for the weather and jeff smith from wabc is in for sam champion. >> good morning, everyone. we're watching a rainstorm moving up the east coast right now. we could be talking two inches-plus, in new england. new york city, it's pouring out right now. and that rain does extend all the way down through the carolinas and the southeast.
the big story, the other big story yesterday, was the big heat in the west. 101 in santa ana. about 100 degrees in long beach. today, we could be nearing record highs, over towards los angeles. the record at the civic center, 96. predicting 94 today. in the midwest, cool air filtering in. 41 in minneapolis. maybe snowshowers in the great lakes.
>> and we're tracking tomas in the caribbean, which may become a minimal hurricane. much more on that in the next half hour. robin, george? back over to you. >> sloppy days ahead. coming up, the mysterious death of a world-champion surfer, about a month before his baby was set to be born. we'll talk to one of his close friends about what really happened to american, andy irons. and special delivery. why the birth of this tiny panda cub in atlanta is such big news. and we have a live shot. a little web cam. >> baby cam. >> what would a morning show be
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we had the big rig blocking lanes. northbound 101 before you get to the scene, traffic heavy from the capital expressway because of an accident and northbound direction and there is that new injury accident at first and that is blocking a lane, as well. highway 87, that may be a better alternate but northbound 280 accident at bagscom and traffic is heavily backed up in the maze. >> two people are dead following a fatal crash in oakland. it started shortly after t h 2:00 when they tried to pull over a bmw. driver refused and got off underway and sped down macarthur boulevard. they called off the pursuit but the bmw continue to travel at high speed and slammed into an suv that happened to be crossing macarthur boulevard. the crash killed the drivers of
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look real close. there is a brand-new baby panda in atlanta, creating all kinds of excitement. the mom is lun lun. being protective of that panda this morning. we focused in on that baby. the first baby panda born in the united states this year. we'll talk about it in just a little bit. there's our panda cam. >> we don't know if it's a boy or girl yet. >> we don't. but whatever, it has an older brother, right? >> we do know that. somewhere close by. we're fascinated. hope you are, too. good morning, america, on this thursday morning. alongside george, i'm robin. one other thing we're following, george w. bush versus kanye west. the rapper responds to what former president bush calls the worst moment of his presidency. >> interesting that's what president bush picked, being called a racist by kanye west.
>> go figure. first, the mysterious death of world champion surfer andy irons. the body of the 32-year-old athlete was found tuesday in a dallas hotel room, where he had headed after an illness forced him out of a surfing competition in puerto rico. as andrea canning reports, there's many unanswered questions about his death. >> three-time world champion, masters champion, andy irons. >> reporter: professional surfer andy irons was a force to be reckoned with in the world of surfing. >> the free clothes, surfboard, all that comes along with it. >> reporter: the 32-year-old was mounting a strong comeback to the sport after taking last year off. irons had dropped out of a competition in puerto rico this weekend, complaining he felt sick. but during a layover on his way home to hawaii to see his pregnant wife, he was found dead in a dallas hotel room. the news sent shockwaves through the world of surfing. surfers had a paddle-out
memorial on wednesday to say good-bye to their friend. >> my heart and prayers go to his wife and his family. he's inspired so many people. that he just takes on a larger-than-life persona. >> reporter: just how he died remains a mystery. irons reportedly told his family he caught dengue fever in portugal. without treatment, the virus can lead to shock, organ damage and even death. a preliminary autopsy showed no signs of foul play. but the police report says bottles of ambien and xanax were found in his hotel room. a hawaii newspaper reported that the powerful pain killer methadone was also discovered in one of the bottles. in the recent documentary, "i surf because," irons admitted he had inner demons. >> if i didn't have surfing to get those out of my system, i would self-destruct. >> reporter: for "good morning america," andrea canning, abc news, new york. and we're joined now by randy rarick, who has known andy since he was a child. he joins us from hawaii this
morning. thanks for getting up so early. this loss is such a shock to you. we're so sorry for that. >> thank you, george. wish you were here under better circumstances. but it is unfortunate. and it's really been a shock to the whole world of surfing. the word spread like wildfire. and nobody could believe what happened. >> what do you know about what happened? >> well, andy is on the world pro tour. it was the second-to-last event. and he was in puerto rico. he arrived late last week. he was up. he was ready to compete. he was in good spirits. he signed autographs for fans. and he came down with this illness, that was designated as dengue fever. and he got really sick. and he had -- he wasn't able to surf in his first round. and then, he actually had to withdraw from the second round of competition. >> so he withdrew, he flew back to dallas. why did he stop off in dallas
and stay overnight? >> well, the routing was -- actually, he was on an i.v. with -- because of dehydration, when he was in puerto rico. and the doctor advised him to try to get a little bit better. since he was out of the competition, he wanted to leave, get back to hawaii to see his wife. his wife is pregnant and due to have a child next month. he said, i'm not in the competition. i want to go. the doctors advised him to wait until he felt better. he said no. i'm going. he jumped on a flight. and it was routed dallas to honolulu. he got more sick on the flight. in dallas, he decided to check into a hotel to get a good night's sleep. >> andrea reported they found ambien, xanax and maybe some methadone in the hotel room. what can you tell us about andy's struggles with drugs before? he had had to work it through. and he actually had to take time off the tour because of the struggles. >> i think that's been over blownup. what he had was burnout from heavy competition two years ago. so, he took last year off, to
recharge his batteries and get the stoke back. and he came back really strong this year. started the tour good. and got even better. he won the tournament in tahiti about six weeks ago. was looking good. and coming into puerto rico, he was fired up and ready to compete. i think probably the guess is that he probably just took a sleeping pill to get a good night's sleep and then be able to get on the plane the next morning. >> so, he hadn't had current problems with drugs, as far as you knew? >> no, no. actually, he was looking really good. he's been training well. he took a year off last year. and this year, he was in really good shape, physically. really looking good and surfing really great. so, xanax or ambien, basically trying to get a good night's sleep. si think what the case was. >> and how sad. he was just about to become a dad. >> yeah. it's really unfortunate. his wife has been traveling with him on the tour. i saw them back in july at california, at the last stop there.
because she's only about a month before having a kid, that she couldn't travel anymore. he had to travel by himself to puerto rico. that's one of the reasons he was trying to get home really quick. he wanted to get back and see his wife, lindy. >> let her know our thoughts and prayers are with her and with randy. thanks a lot for joining us. >> we appreciates your thoughts. and the world of surfing is at a great loss because he was a great sportsman. and for the surfers here in hawaii, he carries the flag for hawaii. he's going to be very, very missed by the world of surfing. >> yes, he will. thanks very much. time, now, for the weather. jeff smith of wabc in for sam champion. >> yeah, george. weave been watching tropical storm tomas in the caribbean. look at curacao, desert islands, the opposite of that with tomas nearby, causing flooding in that neck of the woods. and the track of tomas takes it near the western hip of haiti, the eastern tip of cuba.
potentially as a category 1 hurricane tomorrow afternoon before meandering out in the atlantic ocean. other big story, the northeast, with a wave of low pressure. another wave will extend the rain into tomorr >> this weather report has been brought to you by ally bank. robin, over to you. >> jeff, thank you. more revelations from former president george w. bush, in his white house memoir called "decision points." it focuses on crucial moments in his personal life and eight years in office, including his handling of hurricane katrina. and our martha raddatz joins us now with more on this. more and more continues to come out on the book. it's not out yet. >> reporter: i know. president bush always referred to himself as the decider. but this book goes beyond that. beyond his sometimes unpopular
decisions. it's more than that. it's personal, political and has a little bit of payback for several of his worst moments. in his book, the former president remembers the terrible images of the storm broadcast worldwide. and the infamous photo of him looking out the window. how it made him look out of touch. he writes, the photo of me hovering over the damage suggested i was detached from the suffering on the ground. that wasn't how i felt. but once the public impression was formed, i couldn't change it. mr. bush also reflects on his compliment to embattled fema director, michael brown. >> browny, you're doing a heck of a job. >> reporter: bush says he was only trying to give brown a morale boost. writing, i never imagined those words would become an infamous entry in the political lexicon. i should have recognized the deficiencies sooner and intervened faster. he goes on to say, it wasn't that i made the wrong decisions.
it's that i took too long to decide. and when performer kanye west said this during a telethon for katrina. >> george bush doesn't care about black people. >> reporter: the president writes, he was disgusted and deeply insulted. in an interview on a houston radio station, kanye west compared bush's situation to his own. >> i'm really happy for you. i'll let you finish. >> reporter: in the wake of his crashing taylor swift's award acceptance. >> i definitely can understand the way he feels to be accused of being a racist in any way. because the same thing happened to me. you know? where i got accused of being racist. with him, it was lack of compassion. with him, not rushing, you know. him not taking the time to rush down to new orleans. >> reporter: the former president says that was actually one of the lowest points of his presidency. and it clearly still deeply offends him. >> you can tell that it still bothers him.
>> reporter: the lowest point of his presidency. pretty surprising. >> the way he talked about hurricane katrina. a lot of people from that area had some questions. and i think he answers quite a few of those. >> he certainly tries to. >> thank you, martha. coming up next, the four ways the midterm elections could affect your wallet, when we come back. y love my bank ♪ ♪ i hate-- didn't quite catch that last bit. i said i really love my bank. right... is there a problem ? it's not really raging, man. uh, we were hoping for more raging ? well, you said write from the heart. yeah... don't do that. at ally, you'll love our online savings account. named the best of 2010 by money magazine. ally. do you love your bank ?
the economy was the single-biggest issue for two-thirds of voters. and now, many people want to know how the election results will affect their wallet. meaning paycheck, mortgage, 401(k). so, we asked mellody hobson to go through the list and give us some answers. mellody, as you know is our financial contributor and president of ariel investments. let's start with jobs. that's the number one concern here. what was it? one-third of people at the polls said someone in their household had been laidoff in the past two years. going forward, how do we see movement on this front?
>> i think jobs will be job one for both parties. there's no question. where the government steps in, really to jump-start the economy after the financial crisis, i think america will be the ones to pull us out of neutral. and they'll do that with the $1 trillion of cash they have sitting on their balance sheets. a record amount. once that money starts getting put to work, we'll start to see that unemployment number drop. >> i agree with you. everyone does. jobs, number one. jobs, jobs, jobs. followed by taxes. will they be going up? we know the bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year. will they be extended? what are you hearing here? >> not likely to go up. we're going to know in the next few months. the lame duck session of congress is going to figure this out because they can't wait until the end of the year. no one thinks it's a good idea to have the tax cuts expire, especially for the middle-class. we'll probably see everyone
benefit. >> for those opening up their 401(k) statements, they want to know how will the election results affect the stock market? >> well, here's an interesting fact. normally, when we have the houses split, the stock market doesn't do very well. it averages about 3.5%. the last time this happened was in 1986. but in this situation, i think the uncertainty that has hung over the stock market, specifically around who will be in charge, will actually be a good thing now that the election is over. and the uncertainty of some of the policies, where both parties have different points of view. once in a uncertainty starts to peel back, we'll start to see the stock market come to life. not to mention, as i said before, that corporate america is in pretty good shape, even though individuals have been struggling. >> yeah. >> corporate america can really take off. >> they've been saving up the money, as you've been talking about. if you're buying or selling a house, any effect here? >> i don't think any effect on home prices. we'll probably see more of the
time. nothing big on policy that will move home prices. >> all right, mellody hobson. are you in chicago this morning? >> yeah. >> you are. that was a wild one in tuesday there with all going on. thanks, mellody. have a good day. coming up next, baby panda's big debut. you'll see it here, live. [ slap! ] [ slap! slap! slap! slap! slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium rich tums goes to work in seconds. nothing works faster.
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we've been oohing and ahing about the baby panda all morning. let's get to yunji de nies, who has been on panda watch. >> reporter: good morning. this is the first panda born here at the zoo this year. folks are overjoid. and right now, mom is hard at work. meet zoo atlanta's newest addition. it doesn't get much cuter than this. the zoo captured the birth on camera. mother lun lun paces with each contraction. then, the cry of life. mom answers right back. and quickly cradles her cub. >> just waiting. we knew it was coming. very, very exciting. i wanted to tell somebody. >> reporter: this little panda already has some big fans. >> it's really cute. i saw its little face. >> that's really cool. i saw an arm flying. and i saw its head. >> reporter: it will be another week before vets can get close
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san pablo police are searching this morning for the family of a little boy who was left abandoned. they believe the boy is year and a half to two and a half years of age. a woman abandoned him yesterday morning. she ran into a yellow taxi and that tha sped away toward contra costa college. >> good morning to you. looks like the third and final day of potentially high record temperatures with upper 70s to low 80s. starting tomorrow, 8 degrees
♪ a river bank with all my friends ♪ ♪ a big old rope tied to a limb ♪ the hits keep coming for grammy winner brad paisley. this morning, taking center stage in our fall concert series. we say good morning, america. he's your new bff, right? >> i know. i had a great time with him and others that i put into the spotlight last night. he's a man of many talents, that brad paisley. in fact, when i was at his place outside of nashville, he taught me -- it's a little -- i don't want to say it's a game with a bulldozer. but he showed me how to maneuver it and pick up barrels. and he is much better than i. >> a bulldozer game?
>> you try to put -- this is a long story. this is why i didn't show it last night. we're showing it this morning. he's going to be singing for us in our last half hour. it's a song we had as part of the show, "anything like me." it's a beautiful song that you'll love. >> looking forward to that. also this morning, the sightseeing trip that turned into a tragedy. the american tourist shot while jet skiing with his wife on the u.s.-mexico border. but so many questions unanswered. his body has not been found. his wife, tiffany hartley, talks to us in the studio. and tory johnson reveals the most common mistakes that job hunters make. what you may be doing wrong at your job search. she's been at the smart screen all morning long. preparing for our next half hour. >> will not make the same mistake twice after this. also, gayle king is here. she has a new handbook that she says will let your own life shine. we'll talk to her in a little bit. looking bright this morning. >> yes, she is. we're going to begin with a big medical story that will change lives. a new study gives hope to patients with a rare type of brain tumor. in a moment of medical serendipity, doctors discovered that a medication usually given
to people getting transplants can work on brain tumors, too. and dr. richard besser is here with a look at what that could mean. a second chance for children with a condition that is hard to treat. >> that's right, george. it's a rare, devastating disorder. it produces benign tumors in parts of the body. but when the tumors occur in the brain, they can be deadly. the exciting study in "the new england journal" says the drug called afinitor can help shrink the brain tumors significantly. as an infant, now-19-year-old alyssa, was diagnosed with a rare, genetic disorder, affecting 1 in 6,000 children, called tuberous sclerosis. the disorder causes benign tumor growths in the brain and other organs. >> it was shocking and scary. >> reporter: at 21 months, alyssa started suffering from seizures, a common occurrence in kids who have the disorder. >> i basically didn't let her out of my sight. i was extremely anxious about that.
>> reporter: through medication, they were able to get the seizures under control. but when alyssa was 10, an mri screening revealed that she had developed a benign brain tumor. doctors said her only chance of survival would be risky brain surgery. >> i was fearful of brain surgery because i was afraid that it would affect my intellectual ability. >> reporter: they decided to participate in a new trial at cincinnati children's hospital with dr. david franz. the study tested the effect of a drug, afinitor, generally used as an immunosuppressant to patients after organ transplantation. it interfered with the growth of the tumors, which is a hallmark of the disease. >> this is a way to avoid the surgery and the complications of surgery. >> reporter: 28 patients ranging in age, from 3 to 24, participated in the study. after six months, brain tumors were reduced in 75% of the patients. in all, tumors shrunk by at least 30% in 21. and by at least 50% in nine patients. alyssa saw results after six months.
her tumor had shrunk by 35%. and after a year, it had shrunk by 50%. >> i absolutely feel like it was a miracle drug for her. >> reporter: alyssa feels she has been given a new lease on life. >> i have a brighter future. and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. >> it's pretty incredible. in a rare move last week, the fda approved the use of this drug for brain tumors in patients with tuberous sclerosis, where surgery would have been the only other option. usually it takes years for them to do approval. but they were struck by how incredible the study was. >> look at those results. how can they not approve it after seeing the results? i was amazed at the whole process. how did doctors think to use this for tumors? >> it is pretty incredible.
they were studying this drug for a number of things. it was used to suppress the immune system in transplant patients. and then, they thought to use it in patients with tuberous sclerosis with kidney tumors. one had a brain tumor. and they saw the tumor shrink. they moved forward to study this. >> are there other uses, as well? >> they're looking at other disorders of the brain, that involve proteins. things like alzheimer's disease, huntington's disease, parkingson's disease. whenever you see a clue to a new pathway for disease, you want to go after it. and that's what they're talking about. >> how common is it? how often does it happen when doctors think something will work for a certain disease and all of a sudden, they go wow? >> it's much more common than you think. much more common. that's why basic research is so important. >> richard besser, thanks very much. that was a great story. to juju chang and the rest of the morning's news. >> good morning, george. amazing breakthrough. we have more medical news. breaking news in the fight against lung cancer. a study just out shows c.t. scans helped reduce death by 20% compared to x-rays. new question this is morning about the world's largest passenger plane and one of the newest after a mid-air emergency
on a qantas airbus flight. the airbus a-380, was heading to sydney today. but had to turn back to singapore when the engine caught fire and started breaking apart. no one was hurt. qantas has stopped flying a-380s until it looks into what happened. president obama is inviting top congressional democrats and republicans to the white house november 18th to find common ground following tuesday's elections. the top priority, extending bush-era tax cuts for the middle-class. and for the first time, he says he will negotiate on extending tax cuts for the wealthy, as well. the florida teen once known as hiccup girl will fine out tomorrow whether she'll be freed on bail. jennifer mee is charged with murder, after allegedly luring a man to a home where he was robbed and shot. as jeremy hubbard reports, mee is still struggling with her rare condition. >> reporter: in court tuesday, she returned to what she is famous for. >> there is simply nothing to indicate that miss mee presents a flight risk. >> reporter: 19-year-old
jennifer mee's sobs and sniffles, turn once again to hiccups. >> in any way -- >> reporter: uncontrollable emotion from a remorseful teenager, now charged with murder? or defense tactic? >> was that all an act in court today? her hiccupping and crying? >> that's offensive to suggest that she's going to plan to come in with hiccups. and i think any medical expert will tell you that's not something that can be faked. >> reporter: her attorney says mee has tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes sufferers to make repetitive noises and movements. in 2007, the florida teen became a media spectacle when she couldn't stop hiccupping for five-straight weeks. last month, she went from oddity to murder suspect. police say she met this 22-year-old man online. then lured him to an apartment, where two of her friends robbed and shot him. tomorrow, a judge will decide whether to keep her in jail or
release her on bond, so she can hiccup and sob at home. for "good morning america," jeremy hubbard, abc news. in other news, it's one of the biggest marijuana busts in u.s. history. agents in san diego found 20 tons of pot smuggled through an underground tunnel six football fields long. complete with lights, ventilation, and even a rail system. the pot is worth $20 million. now, diane sawyer's prepping for another interview you won't want to miss on tonight's "world news." diane? >> juju, i hope it's a great thursday for you and everyone at "gma." we're in washington again. another big interview coming up tonight. the man who will replace nancy pelosi, the next speaker of the house. john boehner, the republican, his first interview since his party took back control. what will he say now? what does he plan next? that's tonight, juju. >> we all want to know, diane. that's the news at 8:08. time, now, for the weather with jeff smith. jeff, you're hanging out with the girl scouts? >> we found a bunch of girl scouts here.
we have girl scout troop 22906. from west orange, new jersey. they have the whole "gma" cast. cookies? >> no. >> not yet? that's an emphatic no. you don't care about cookies, though, because tomorrow, you're getting cake. turning? >> 10. >> double-digits. ever been to philadelphia? >> yeah. >> want to do it again? >> sure. >> let's do it. going to wpvi, looking at the live shot looking over the delaware river. it's a rainy day there. it's rainy up and down the east coast. the heaviest rain will be in the mid-atlantic states to new england, one or two inches. colder air behind the system. look at that. nashville, a high of 47 on saturday. 44 in chicago, by the time the weekend rolls around. the heat wave continues out west.
>> robin, we'll send it back over to you. >> jeff, thank you. now, to a case that's been making international headlines. an american man allegedly shot by mexican pirates while jet skiing with his wife, tiffany hartley. well, she is planning a memorial service this weekend for her husband, david, who disappeared on september 30th. a service, she says, will have to go ahead, even though her husband's body has not been returned to her. we're going to talk to tiffany live, right here in our studio in a moment. but first, here's ryan owens, with more on this unsolved mystery. >> reporter: it's been two weeks since tiffany hartley packed up the south texas home she shared with her husband, david, and moved back to colorado. >> i'm sorry. >> reporter: she left texas
without her husband's body. but hoped she'd at least have him back for a memorial service. this weekend is that service. and david's widow is no closer to having him home. more than a month ago, the couple was jet skiing on the mexican side of falcon lake, a reservoir that straddled the border. tiffany says they rode several miles into mexican waters, largely controlled by drug cartels, to take pictures of this historic church. that's when she says the pirates shot her husband in the head. she raced back across the u.s. border. and made this call to 911. >> are you sure that your husband got shot? >> yes. in his head. he was thrown off the jet ski. and i couldn't pick him up and get him on mine. >> reporter: for weeks after that call, tiffany pleaded with mexican authorities to search for david's body. they finally listened. but apparently only spent a few days on the water. we took a boat ride to the shooting scene and saw no sign
of anyone looking for anything. we came deep into mexican waters to see that old church for ourselves, where the hartleys allegedly came just to take pictures. one reason mexican authorities may not have led a more aggressive search is because many of them still don't believe tiffany's account. she has endured days of interrogations by mexican police and prosecutors. and a chorus of questions from skeptical media on this side of the border. >> i would never even think about hurting my husband. i loved him. unfortunately, i have no proof. >> reporter: the ultimate proof, she has always maintained, would be the discovery of her husband's body. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, dallas. and tiffany hartley joins us now live in our studios. very good to meet you. we appreciate you being here. our heart still goes out to you. a lot of people have been asking, tiffany, and i know you are still searching for
questions. what is the latest that authorities have been telling you? both here in the u.s. and there in mexico? >> well, the u.s., they obviously have their hands kind of tied to what they can do. i mean, it's in a different country. as for mexican side, it's turned into a federal investigation. the latest i heard is there's a small-scale search going. but that's not confirmed. >> and how often are they in contact with you? >> i hear from the mexico consulate every few days. and it's the same information, nothing really is new. >> we heard in ryan owens' piece, that you have been interrogated for several hours by mexican authorities. and what is it that they continue to ask you? >> well, the meetings i had with them -- it wasn't really interrogation. it was just the witness statement of what happened. and when you have the language barrier, you have hours and hours of translating back and
forth. and then, you have to read what they wrote and make sure it was exactly how you said it. but it's all in spanish. so, it was a long process, just even in the translation. >> and i know it was very difficult for you, those days when people were raising their eyebrows at you. and you were saying, come on. let's search for my husband. stop looking at me. >> yeah. >> you are back in colorado now? >> i am, yeah. >> i know it must have been a difficult decision. i know you and david had already planned on moving back to colorado. >> right. it was really hard because that plan was for him to be with me. not to be riding back with my parents. although, i enjoyed, you know, spending time with them. it was just not the way it was supposed to go. >> and i know that you said, though, you haven't been asked, there's supposed to be some congressional hearings looking into the border and things like that. >> yeah. >> you'd like to testify and be a part of that? >> i would. i would really like to be a part of that. that's where this ultimately is
going to have to go, to our congress and to our government because if america and our government doesn't wake up to see what's going on down there, we're going to be living the same fear that mexico's living right now. and that's why their citizens are coming over because they're fearful for their lives. and if we don't do something, they're already here. the cartels are already here in the united states. and if we don't do something, then we'll be living that same fear. >> yeah. we already know what happened to a mexican authority that was leading your husband's investigation. >> right. >> he was beheaded. and that really stalled things. >> yeah. >> we can understand why. i know that you're going to have the service for david. can you tell us a little about what you have planned? >> celebrating his life. celebrating who he was. and we have several people, his close friends, speaking for him. we'll have some slide shows going, of him growing up. and then, we'll have a separate
one for just him and i, of our lives together. >> i hope somehow it brings you a bit of comfort to be with family and friends like that in remembering your husband. >> yeah. >> please, tiffany, give our best also to david's parents and his sister. >> i will. >> and keep in touch with us. let us know what's going on. >> thank you. >> and to learn more about tiffany hartley's efforts to bring her husband's body home, you can visit our website at abcnews.com/gma. next, the most common mistakes to avoid when applying for your next job. [ female announcer ] treat yourself to something special for lunch.
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definitely not an opening line that's going to catch an employer's attention in the right kind of way. you want to leave age, marital status, number of kids totally out. never, none 06 your of your communications should ever have those things. instead, get straight to the point. why it is you're writing. to express interest in a specific position you want to apply for. >> okay. let's get to number two. i am e-mailing you my resume for the opening. i don't have any experience in marketing. but i have the desire and the willpower. i'm a quick learner. wow. >> you got it. you got it. so, don't have any experience. that's the last thing you want to call attention to right now. and there's a lot of people who are changing fields. changing careers. and they truly don't have any experience in the area that they're applying to. that's not a good opening line, either. instead, point to what you do have experience in. and explain how that would be an asset to the position. >> accentuate the positives. she doesn't get points for candor? >> first, it's a he. let's not blame the girls on this one. no. not really.
as soon as i see you don't have experience, i'm not going to read on in that particular letter. instead, show me, instead, what you've been really good at. and why you're going to be an asset to the job i need to fill. >> okay. let's get to number three. dear, tory. i need help finding a job. and i think you're someone who can help me. so, i'm willing to buy you lunch next week to discuss my career. >> sounds nice, right? couple things. me, me, me, is always bad, bad, bad. not a great way to open up. you think you're being gracious, offering to buy somebody lunch. but the reality is, people just don't have time for that. especially with a stranger. unless it's like a really amazing blind date with somebody, don't offer to buy somebody lunch. instead, start out with a compliment to them. i've long admired your career. and then, be clear about what it is you're looking for. can you share a few nuggets of advise, when it's most convenient for you? and most times, if you e-mail
somebody your exact question or give them an example question, or say if you give me five or ten minutes on the phone, you'll get a better response than offering to buy them lunch. >> and putting yourself in the other person's shoes. to make it easy for you. >> exactly. make it easy for them to help you and you'll get a better response. >> number four. from jane doe. i'm applying everywhere, but i never get a response. this is getting really frustrating since i'm about to lose my home and my husband is out also. can somebody tell me who is hiring now so i can get to work? we need help fast. >> first, i just need to underline something because i have red line envy watching you do the underlining. a couple mistakes here. i'm applying everywhere. it's frustrating. don't dump your frustration on somebody else. nobody wants to hear that. instead, they'll feel bad for you. but they're not necessarily going to help you. the better option is to be incredibly positive, even, frankly, if you're faking it. let them know you're casting a really wide net. that you would be a great asset to an organization. might you have just one suggestion to share with me?
i'm grateful for your time. >> you're not going to get a job out of sympathy? >> you're really not. someone will feel badly for you. you don't need somebody to feel sympathetic for you. you need them to help you. so, when you're positive and you say, might you have one suggestion? you're not saying, get me a job. one suggestion. >> that's great advice. so glad to have you this morning. >> i love it. we'll be right back. we have bonus tips on our website at "gma. [ woman ] i don't want to feel depressed.
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two people are dead following a crash in oakland this morning. it started shortly after 2:00 when the highway patrol tried to pull over this bmw speeding. the driver refused, got off the freeway and sped down macarthur boulevard. it slammed into an suv. the crash killed the drivers of bottom vehicles. san pablo police say a mother abandoned a little boy turned herself in this morning. they have been looking for the family of this boy believed to be about two years old. witnesses say a woman in her 20s abandoned the child and left in a taxi. police say she now faces child endangerment charges. a look at drive this thursday
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gentlemen. and he's a part of our special. him and his dad is here. and he's a wonderful family person, as we've gotten to know. we're looking forward to hearing you. we're out in the rain. what is it with rain and you? every time i'm around you, it starts raining. >> man, it's been my year. >> and the fans in the studio this morning. we'll also be talking to gayle king. our friend, gayle king. there's a brand-new oprah book out called "love your life." she's laughing upstairs. our special friend, bob woodruff. >> last night, an all-star gala. the fourth annual stand up for heroes took place here in new york. bob woodruff's foundation to help heal the physical and psychological wounds of our men and women returning from war. as you said, george, bill -- bill? bob is here with us. we're standing in front of wonderful heroes. it's wonderful to have you here
with us. introduce them to us, bob. >> it's unbelievable. these are my brothers and sisters from the forces injured over in iraq and afghanistan. the fourth year in a row, to raise money for the charities. they're local. >> somebody? how about $8 million, bob? >> well, now -- [ cheers and applause ] i think the event we had springsteen, seinfeld, jon stewart was the emcee. i called it the triple-"s." and springsteen had a guitar. and someone bid $40,000. and i think we raised about 3 million bucks to help these people. >> what was your favorite part about last night, sir? >> um. >> hard to pick, isn't it? >> i was there. >> that was our favorite part, too, the fact that you were there. it's tremendous, the work that you are doing. we know how important this is to
you and lee, bob. >> lee, as usual, she was funny as hell. it's hard for me to put up with her sometimes. she was great. >> you have to love how candid bob is. >> sounds like you and ali, doesn't it? >> yeah. we have the same kind of wife. >> that is for sure. >> that's wonderful. thank you all very much. thank you. you can go to the website, abcnews.com/gma to learn more about the work. you don't have to go. of the bob woodruff foundation. time for the weather. who is it going to be? >> wabc. >> where is jeff? >> i'm over here by a brad paisley fan. big surprise, right? we have mary jane here. just to remind brad, she made this sign. entertainer of the year. male vocalist of the year. entertainer of the year. people are excited about this guy we have coming up. we're going to check what's been going on out west. in los angeles, in particular,
triple-digit heat in that area. it's been dangerous in some cases. this is the fullerton area. couple young ladies had to be taken to the hospital due to heat stroke, though. the record is 96. we approach that. but we don't reach it. we're down into the 70s over the weekend. 81 in vegas. the heat wave continues today. then, it relaxes over the weekend. nice weather over waco, texas. lots of sunshine. there's heavy rain from the carolinas, into delmarva, to new england. this weather report has been brought to you by dairy queen. george? more than 2 million people
turn to "o," the oprah magazine each month, for advice and inspiration. now, the best of that advice has been collected in the new book, "love your life." it's the guide to get the best out of your relationships, your finances and your health. and here to talk about it all, is "o" editor at large, our friend, gayle king. >> good morning, george stephanopoulos. happy to be here. >> i have to ask you about yesterday's "oprah." you and oprah camping? >> george, that is the first and last time. they say never. and i can say n-e-v-a-h. never again. it all started because a black forest ranger e-mailed oprah and said black people do not go camping. and he's trying to get the word out that camping is a really good thing. i think we did our part in getting the message across. >> public service for the national parks. >> right. >> the book. you have so much compiled in here. ellen degeneres. michelle obama. all of "o's" panel of experts.
how did you know what to put in? >> this is our fifth guide. we go through the list of stories and see what resonated with people. one that jumps out with me is the interview we had with susan klebold, she's the mother of dylan klebold, one of the young men involved in the columbine shooting. i think for the first time, you got to hear her point of view. when it first happened, you say, what kind of parents are those? how could they not know? you get to see the woman behind the son that she raised. it was a very compelling story. >> she did take a lot of the blame early on. >> of course, i think that's only natural when something that catastrophic happens. you think where does this person come from? and you meet susan klebold. and you see there's another side to the story. >> a lot of advice from suze orman. her nine steps. which one is most meaningful to you? >> power comes from who you are,
not what you have. suze makes this point that anyone can take away your house, your home, your money. but they can't take away your mind. and they can't take away your heart. and it's true. >> any comeback, any setback. >> always. having money's good. but it's not everything. and that's the point she doesn't want to get lost in translation. >> and dr. oz, our friend, of course, has so many health tips. and you and i are struck by the same one. he came on last year and talked about it, as well. forget about new year's resolutions. >> is that yours, too? >> we talked about this. that one really does work. >> you know, i loved his line where he says, resolutions are like teenage hearts. they can get broken a lot. you remember your teenage love, george. what was her name? what did she do? >> my kids are going to watch this. then, i have to explain it. >> okay. mine was kenneth murphy. my kids are watching, too. when you're a teenager, your heart is broken. and the point is, start small. don't make the big, grandiose
promises. take little tweaks throughout the year to get your health on track. i think that's really good advice. >> and one of the most popular features in the book, about the aha moment. yours? >> yes. mine came a long time ago. that most of the things you worry about in life -- and this is true. if you go back on your own life, most of the things you worry about in life, end up working themselves out. and quite often, for the better. for me, it was worried about getting this job. i didn't get the job. going to complain. how come i didn't get it. and this news director said to me, well, life ain't fair. what do you say to that? life ain't fair? well, i went back. i worked harder. and i ended up getting a better job. look on your own life. the things you worry about the the camera phone?
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i know, it is. i look so at home here. brad paisley has won every award of a musician. "time" magazine called his record "american saturday night" the best record of 2009. now, he is following it up with studio favorites and live performan performances. it's called "hits alive." my bff, brad paisley, is here this morning. thank you. this is really fulfilling every fantasy i ever had. >> yeah. i wish you could play it.
it's really nice. >> i would like to fake it and have you play along. how are you? life is good, my friend. >> i am just great. and that was quite a piece of journalism there last night. that was really great. did you guys watch the special that she did? >> "in the spotlight." you can go online. we had more time with you. i really appreciated that. that's something about country music stars. i know you don't do interviews. don't worry. he is going to sing. we're going to chat a little bit right here. you have a connection with the people that come out and see you. >> totally. i think that they -- i think country music fans -- i could be wrong. but i think what they look for is they want to relate. they want to relate to you. they want to relate as an artist. they want to relate -- i say you. >> right. >> they want to relate to the songs. the biggest compliment i get is when somebody comes up and says, that's me. you know? that song. you or something about it.
and i think that's necessarily -- that's probably what sums it up best. they really feel a connection. and you really captured that in your special with everybody. >> yeah. with miranda lambert, who is up for nine cma awards. you and carrie underwood will be the host. >> we had a ball with that. the first year, it was like what are we doing out here? the second year, we got more leeway. and this year, we're back. it brings its own set of challenges in the sense that, now, we've done a good job. >> yes, you done. >> that might be worse than a bad job. i like the underdog better. >> you do like being the underdog. and you kind of feel that you're a bit of an underdog. we talked about this last night in the special, how you would have been content to be behind the scenes. you knew you were going to be involved in country music. but you didn't necessarily have to be on stage like this.
>> i'm a guitar player. i wanted to do that first and foremost. so, yeah. being somebody's guitar player or a studio guy would have been all right. this is -- i'm not -- i wouldn't trade this. this is a lot more fun. being the boss is good. >> you said you were content to have just one bus. or something like that. now, you have a fleet of them. >> one was fine. that was great. it got a little crowded and smelly with 12 guys. don't worry. we'll be back there. >> i'm sure. >> we'll be back one of these days. >> you have a wonderful relationship. kendall from your band, he's here. i know after the floods, you all really came together. you have the h2o tour. and you haven't forgotten about the people of nashville. >> our town i think was exemplary in how to answer a disaster. people rallied. they didn't wait on assistance. it really did -- it helped
itself. these people just -- they were tremendous. they were the systolic sort of resolve to get back on our feet as a city. and they really have. not completely perfect. but it's night and day. >> it's getting there. it's getting there. tell us about the song you're going to sing after the commercial break? "anything like me." do you need any help? >> i don't. thank you. >> you don't need any -- "anything like me." it's like a father's love letter to his son. >> yeah. it is. well, it's sort of a portrait of what it's like to find out you're having a boy. all of your hopes and worst fears, at the same time, based on personal experience. >> and your father, doug, you know, he knows. he knows what it's like. >> he knows what it's like. i'm lucky -- he's lucky that i'm like him in some ways. and he's unlucky that i'm not like him in others.
>> you never miss doug. he's the one with the west virginia sweatshirt on. >> him and our -- he ought to be paid by governor manchin to be senator manchin. >> all that he's done. we're going to take a quick break. then, we'll hear brad paisley sing. i want to remind you that you'll see him on the cma awards show, with carrie underwood, next week, next wednesday, at 8:00, 7:00 central, on abc. he's up for three awards. coming up, he'll sing his new hit, "anything like me." @b
alive." brad paisley, with "anything like me." ♪ i remember sayin' i don't care either way ♪ ♪ just as long as he or she is healthy, i'm okay ♪ ♪ then the doctor pointed to the corner of the screen ♪ ♪ and said, ya see that thing right there? ♪ ♪ well you know what that means ♪ ♪ and i started wondering who he was going to be ♪ ♪ and i thought heaven help us if he's anything like me ♪ ♪ he'll probably climb a tree too tall ♪ ♪ and ride his bike too fast ♪ ♪ end up every summer wearin' something in a cast ♪ ♪ he's gonna throw a ball and break some glass ♪ ♪ in a window down the street he's gonna get in trouble ♪
♪ oh, he's gonna get in fights i'm gonna lose my temper ♪ ♪ and some sleep it safe to say that ♪ ♪ i'm gonna get my payback if he's anything like me ♪ ♪ i can see him right now knees all skinned up ♪ ♪ with a magnifying glass tryin' to melt a tonka truck ♪ ♪ won't he be a sight with his football helmet on ♪ ♪ that'll be his first love 'til his first love comes along ♪ ♪ he'll get his heart broke by the time he's in his teens ♪ ♪ and heaven help him
if he's anything like me ♪ ♪ he'll probably stay out too late ♪ ♪ and drive his car too fast ♪ ♪ get a speeding ticket he'll pay for mowing grass ♪ ♪ he's gonna get caught skippin' class ♪ ♪ and be grounded for a week he's gonna get in trouble ♪ ♪ he's gonna get in fights i'm gonna lose my temper ♪ ♪ and some sleep it's safe to say ♪ ♪ that i'm gonna get my payback if he's anything like me ♪ ♪ he's gonna love me and hate me along the way ♪
♪ years are gonna fly by i already dread the day ♪ ♪ he's gonna hug his momma he's gonna shake my hand ♪ ♪ he's gonna act like he can't wait to leave ♪ ♪ but as he drives out he'll cry his eyes out ♪ ♪ if he's anything like me this is what it's supposed to be like ♪ ♪ oh, he'll be all right ♪ if he's anything like me çó [ applause ] >> thank you. memeiñiñiñiñiñiñiññ
brad, thank you for coming in today. you can logon to abcnews.com and get another song from brad paisley. tomorrow, we'll have a brand-new cruise ship with a water slide -- slide. water slide you won't believe. >> we should be playing your song, "water" when we do that. >> i won't charge you. >> have a great day, everyone. [ female announcer ] dry, cracked hands?
lindon street. they evacuated some residents and managed to knock down the flames in half an hour. red cross is providing shelter. >> residents in palo alto area may smell natural gas in the air pg&e ordered inspection and it doesn't pose any danger to the public. and public enjoying a nice warm day. >> could be the third day in a row, low 80s and low to mid-70s along the coast. tonight we'll have the high clouds and bring temperatures mid to upper 50s and eight degrees cooler chance of rain friday morning and better chance of rain on sunday. >> a lot of accidents this morning. it's been tough getting to work. live shot of 101 and 880 in san jose where we had an earlier accident. still a lot of slow traffic and northbound